There are more than 10 million registered Sparkpeople world wide. 11,739 registered the same week I did which makes me part of the team “SP Class of June 20-26, 2010.” There’s only a hand full of us from that week that are still blogging regularly and just a couple of us that huddle every day. There’s no telling how many others are still Sparking or who have restarted or how many times they have. I do know that in two days, on March 14, 2012, there will be 100 days until my 2nd SparkVersary, my 65th birthday, and the first day of summer. So I’ve decided to make every day count towards those special days and see just exactly what I can accomplish in the next…
I’ve had wonderful success since joining SP and until this February was losing weight monthly. Some time in January of this year my hip began giving me problems. I had retired my cane but had to get her out again and reduce my exercise program substantially. Pain is very debilitating, both physically and mentally, especially when you’ve been feeling and doing so much better and all of a sudden you’ve lost control over what you can and can not do. I’ve watched many of my Sparkfriends struggle with illness and medical issues that raise their ugly heads just as they have found a clear path to healthy living….
Some times it’s not a health issue… finances, family problems, spiritual conflicts, old habits that are sparked by emotional issues like anniversaries of sad or painful events can wreck havoc with our resolve to get healthy. Some times we are our own speed bump.
Never the less, these challenges are all a part of life. Some days are a breeze and we blow through them unstoppable, filled with a sense of purpose and determination. Some of those days get strung together and we look back and think “WoW, who was that girl???” Other days we stumble along and wonder, “What is wrong with me???” There’s nothing WRONG with us. We are human, physical beings learning and growing as we venture daily through the school of hard knocks. This is when we pick ourselves up and March on!!
I believe, for me, that attitude is foremost in how we exit and enter each period of our lives. We can not expect to be perfect or without flaws. We are bodies in motion…. works in progress. There will be challenges, physically, mentally and emotionally. Some days will be better than others so grasp the good days with both hands and ENJOY. Because these too shall pass, as do the tough times.… remembering
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” ~Khalil Gibran
We all have our own set of keys… Do not put your keys to success in someone else's pocket; keep them in your own.
For me, Winston Churchill said it best….
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Life is not the enemy….
“We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is the challenge. I’m ready!!!!!! Are YOU?
BRING IT SPRING